If you have never heard a handbell choir before you may ask " What kind of music does a bell choir play?" Well - you name it - we probably have or can play it. Although bell choirs are generally associated with sacred music and churches, the repertoire of contemporary handbell choirs is vast and varied.
Our concerts are beautiful to listen to as well as fun to experience. We try to include something that will appeal to almost everyone.
Some pieces we have played include:
Familar Christmas Carols
Sousa's Washington Post March
"Rhythmic Rip" - handbells STOMP!
Just a Closer Walk
"Rolling in the Deep" - an Adele song
Crocodile Rock - an Elton John song
and many more.
"America the Beautiful"
with Mark Thewes on organ and Sandy Simpson on Piano
Listen to & watch us on YouTube.
Meet The Ringers
I have been playing handbells off and on since I was 11 years old. I have been a member of advanced ensembles such as The Youth Bells of Akron and Renaissance Ringers. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Kent State University and a Master's degree in Music Composition from The University of Akron.
I have been playing handbells for 35 years, for the first 20 years I played with various choirs as an Air Force spouse stationed throughout the United States. In addition to Harmony Ringers I am a substitute ringer at St Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, North Canton Community Church and John Knox Prebyteran Church, I also enjoy playing the flute. I have been married for 40 years and have 2 adult children and 6 grandkids.
I direct the Adult Choir at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church in Canton. I teach private piano lessons, am a member of A Chorus For A Cause and have sung with various local choirs, including VOCI. I earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kent State University where I majored in piano and minored in voice. I also have a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Akron. I am retired from Jackson Local Schools as a school counselor; have two adult children and 8 grandchildren.
I have been playing handbells for many years. Besides playing in Harmony Ringers, I play at First Congregational Church of Akron and I sing in A Chorus for a Cause in Canton. I am a retired school bus driver and I am a professional artist. (check out her murals in Canal Fulton) My husband Les and I have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
I began ringing handbells off and on at church with my sons and am one of the newer members of Harmony Ringers. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from The University of Akron and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant. I enjoy outdoor activities, reading, sporting events and spending time with my sons.
I am very excited to be playing with Harmony Ringers. I have been playing handbells for about 11 years. I enjoy making music with handbells along with many other instruments. I also enjoy being in the audience listening and watching many different genres of music. Besides enjoying the arts, I enjoy being working outside in my flower beds and spending time with my family.
Cynthia Rader Geyer
Handbell ringing has been part of my life for more than 30 years. It is a blessing to be ringing again and especially with this premier group of musicians. When not ringing handbells, I serve The Moravian Church as an ordained clergy, currently in the role of Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The joy of my life has been raising my two sons, Leo and Joseph. My bucket list includes visiting every country on the globe, twenty-four down, 175 or so to go.
I've been ringing handbells for 30+ years at Greensburg United Methodist Church in the city of Green and I have been in Harmony Ringers since its beginning in 2010. I am the mother of 4 adult children, 7 grandchildren and I'm the bookkeeper of the dairy farm on which my husband Denny and I live. I am also active in vocal choir at church and enjoy reading, knitting and a competitive round of golf.
IMy bell journey started when I was 9 years old and is still going strong. I’ve played all of the positions over the years but my favorite is playing in the upper bells! They give me just enough of a healthy challenge to keep me on my toes. Outside of bell ringing, I enjoy my job as an intervention specialist for Stark county schools, cuddling my cats, and spending time with my husband.
I started with Harmony Ringers Fall of 2015 wanting a challenge. I've been playing in handbell choirs since the age of 9, when I started ringing in a church group led by the woman who would become my mother-in-law some years later. Since then, I have actively performed in several church choirs in northeast Ohio, almost continually for over 30 years. When I am not playing handbells, I fill my days working in IT at a large Akron manufacturing company. My nights and weekends are spent with my wife and 3 children, doing home improvement projects, camping, and spending time with extended family. "
I started playing in handbell choirs 13 years ago and recently joined Harmony Ringers after graduating from college. I have a degree in music composition from Ohio State University. I am learning the trade of organ builder at Shantz Organ Co. and I'm currently playing organ and piano at Simpson UMC. I'm also aspiring to publish music for handbell choirs and I'm excited for the opportunity to spend time with so many other talented ringers in this group.
I have been playing bells over 15 years at Church of the Lakes United Methodist. I am a 6th grade teacher in the Plain Local School system. My husband and I have two children and enjoy going camping all together.
Karen Henke Zotta
I have been ringing handbells off and on for many years at Church of the Savior/Crossroads United Methodist, and now with Harmony Ringers. I also sing with my church choir, A Chorus for a Cause , and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Chorus. I recently retired after working over 40 yrs as a medical technologist with Doctors Hospital/Affinity Medical Center, having started working there right out of high school. I am married to Cornel, a violinist and private teacher, and we have 1 daughter , Anna.